Hazardous and toxic chemicals have been featured in news reports lately. In one case, a veteran chemistry teacher experienced an explosion during a demonstration in the laboratory. Another case, which was the result of a prank, sent several students to the hospital from exposure to an unknown chemical.
Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in academic research laboratories say that they witness and experience fewer accidents and injuries when the lab's lead faculty member or supervisor is actively engaged in safety programs, according to a UCLA study.
Compliance with requirements for wearing lab coats, eye protection and other personal protective equipment also correlates strongly with the active involvement of the principal investigator, according to the research.
NHDOS Can Now Send Location Specific Warnings to Anyone with the App
CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Safety announced Monday the launch of its NH Alerts mobile app, a free tool that notifies users of hazards in the area based upon cellphone location. The NH Alerts app was developed by the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management with federal grants.
A number of worker populations, both indoors and outdoors, may be particularly vulnerable to threats from climate change. Some of these workers may include: emergency responders, health care workers, fire fighters, utility workers, farmers, and transportation workers. Climate change can amplify existing health and safety issues and new unanticipated hazards may emerge.
Andy Glode, the Laboratory Safety Officer in the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, received the UNH Chemistry Department’s 2014 Unsung Heroes Award at an awards ceremony in Parsons Hall on May 2, 2014. The award is made in recognition of special efforts made on behalf of the Chemistry Department. The faculty presenter was Professor Sterling Tomellini.